Aussie man has the ‘worst job in the world’
Weber County, a rural community about 300 kilometres (186 miles) west of Adelaide, is notorious for its high unemployment rate.
It’s one of the most segregated suburbs in the state and the unemployment rate there is twice the national average.
In a report released by the state government, local MP Andrew Hastie said the jobless rate in the township of Weber is among the worst in the country.
“It is the worst job in Australia,” he said.
The unemployment rate in Weber, a small town of about 250 people, is twice that of Darwin, a suburb of more than 10,000.
Hastie’s remarks were met with criticism from some on social media, including a petition calling for his resignation.
Some Twitter users took to the social media site to criticise Hastie’s comments, calling for the Labor MP to resign.
I think you should be ashamed of yourself for your stupid remarks, one user said.
Another user, who goes by the handle @TheSneakyGibbon, wrote: “Hasties disgraceful comments about Weber’s unemployment rate are so stupid that it should be the last place you want to be in this country.”
A spokesman for Hastie, who is not a member of the Labor Party, said the comments were “incorrect”.
“There is no job in Webers economy that is as bad as a casual one,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“It has a really low unemployment rate, and it has a very low cost of living.”‘
Weber is a beautiful town’There are more than 30,000 people living in Webingers township, where the unemployment rates are double the national averages.
The township sits about 500 kilometres (310 miles) south-west of Darwin.
Residents of Webers rural town often get little or no work and sometimes live in poverty, said Andrew Dutton, a local business owner.
Weber residents often have to rely on the kindness of strangers and local business owners to keep their homes afloat.
“Webs is a wonderful town and I would like to see it grow in terms of business,” he wrote on Twitter.
“This is a lovely place and I wish it grew and had more businesses.”
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